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Embroidered black velvet

Added Jan 15, 2012

by sewingfan1

Stourbridge, Uni...






When I saw this fabric in Barry’s Fabrics, Birmingham, I knew that despite the price it was going to insist I took it home. I resisted for a few weeks but it kept calling so as I had a clear image in my head of exactly what I would make with it I gave in and bought a couple of metres.

I used March 2007 Burda magazine, dress 124 but had to alter the skirt part slightly as the pattern has too many seams down the length of the skirt (for matching up with the princess seams on the top) and I knew that it would ruin the flow of the embroidery if I kept them so I cut the skirt out in 2 panels (1 front, 1 back) with seams just at the sides (which worked fine as it has a concealed side opening zipper). I guess I could have done it in one long piece with just a seam on the zipper side come to think of it, oh well, never mind. To make sure there was enough spread in the skirt, I just added 4 large inverted pleats (2 front, 2 back) where the skirt attached to the top and matched them up with the princess seams.

I picked one of the colours from the embroidery and made the lining in that colour, you can just see it peeking out at some of the edges. I went for Royal blue as I love that color next to black.

Job done, and I get lots of compliments when I wear it so it was worth the money.

I think maybe I’ll stick to that formula – buy stunning fabrics, and use simplest of patterns so the fabric does the talking and I save on the effort and frustration of advanced projects.

Material Notes

Concealed zipper
Lining fabric




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Rock, Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 3, 2012, 08.50 PMby merche

    Adorable dress! Yep, I think your formula is great. the only problem is you don´t find wonderful fabric every day (at a reasonable price, that is) Great job.

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    Feb 14, 2012, 03.49 PMby heidilea

    Oh my goodness! this is so lovely!

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    Jan 17, 2012, 03.21 AMby maja1981

    Beautiful…love the dress…you did great job

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    Jan 17, 2012, 12.32 AMby ladykatza

    Wow! I was just thinking about embroidering by hand on velvet, personally. This is beautiful.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 05.04 AMby blueartisan

    Velvet and embroidery are my two favourite things. LOVE this dress :)

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    Jan 15, 2012, 08.26 PMby barmaglot

    Beautiful fabric, and beautiful dress!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 06.33 PMby CationDesigns

    Lovely, lovely dress to show off some fantastic fabric! Great find and great work!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 04.50 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Wow! Cool dress. I love it!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 02.27 PMby sewingfan1

    Awww, thanks so much guys, all such lovely comments :-)

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    Jan 15, 2012, 02.03 PMby patti-r

    Totally Awesome!!!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 03.10 PMby perrineco

      I totally agree!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 01.51 PMby jennyrecorder

    Beautiful, nothing more I can say that hasn’t already been said:)

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    Jan 15, 2012, 01.36 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Fantastic work. Yet another amazing example of the Sewing Goddess colluding with the Pixie of Inspiration. Oh. And I have a thing for electric blue lining, so completly understand ;)

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.39 PMby olac

    Oh, i know well those pesky fabrics that keep calling and won’t leave u alone! I am sure r u glad with the end result, so i guess the fabric was right all along!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.25 PMby schnui

    Absolutely beautiful. The fabric is divine and I know I would have bought it, if I had spotted it as well.

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